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Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.


The height of silly season

It really is August, despite the rain. Proof reached The Lawyer this morning from well-known Scottish firm Muir Myles Laverty. (What you’ve never heard of them?) Name partner John Muir claims the rapid increase in registered employment tribunal claims is all down to Sir Alan Sugar and his catchphrase, “You’re fired” (see story). At the […]

Rational security

With new legislation, the US government hopes to make foreign investment more easily accessible and accountable – something it considers to be important for a safer and more prosperous future. By David Marchick and David Fagan On 26 July US President George Bush signed into law the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, […]

Orrick boosts Korea group with Debevoise hire

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has strengthened its Korea group through the appointment of Debevoise & Plimpton international counsel and Korean law specialist Mark Lee. Lee, a US-qualified lawyer, has joined Orrick as partner. His brief is to provide on-the-ground US capital markets capability to assist with Orrick’s growing Asian M&A and private equity offerings. He […]

Arnold & Porter hires ex-SEC counsel

Former special counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission Laura Badian has joined Arnold & Porter. •Former special counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission Laura Badian has joined Arnold & Porter. Badian joins as counsel for the firm’s corporate and securities practice. She will be based in Washington DC and will work on securities […]

ESPN Star Sports loses GC to rights company

ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has been left looking for a new associate general counsel after European sports rights company Sportfive poached Ed Floydd to head its legal team. Floydd left the ESS base in Singapore to move to the Sportfive headquarters in Geneva shortly after completing the media rights deal between ESS and the International […]

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